“They should be fighting for the playoffs..” Norwich boss Daniel Farke makes bold Sheffield Wednesday call after Hillsborough win
Norwich manager Daniel Farke expressed his shock at Sheffield Wednesday’s relegation plight after his side came from behind to beat them 2-1 for the second time this season.
Well-taken goals by Teemu Pukki and Todd Cantwell cancelled out Jordan Rhodes’ first-half opener as the Canaries retained their 10-point lead at the top of the Championship.
Wednesday on the other hand still have it all to do at the other end of the table and remain seven points short of the safety places.
Speaking after the game Farke didn’t hold back in describing the importance of the win.
“That was really the best win of the season,” he said. “Sometimes you are there with a spotlight win and everyone praises you, or sometimes you quite comfortably win, like in the last one when you dominate the game from the first to last second with fluid football where you score many goals.
“This is a prize today, to win such games. After a difficult week because everyone praises us, all the other coaches are congratulating us to winning the title, it's not easy for the lads to keep this noise out.”
The German also made clear his surprise at Wednesday’s position in the table, reeling off a number of Owls players he felt should be fighting for a place in the Premier League rather than attempting to stave off relegation to League One.
He joined Owls boss Darren Moore in praising Wednesday’s battle in the game, which was their seventh consecutive defeat.
He said: “It was a difficult 12 o’clock kick-off here against Sheffield Wednesday who are fighting with a knife between their teeth to stay in this league on a difficult pitch. We started well, then all of a sudden gave away this goal, they scored the first.
“It’s also a quality side, they have the likes of Jordan Rhodes, Adam Reach, [Barry] Bannan, Josh Windass, Callum Paterson, Tom Lees, it’s not a side that should fight against relegation.
“They have the point deduction and all the other topics during this season but actually, it’s one of the most experienced and quality sides who should fight for the playoffs with such a team.”